Now, some might be overwhelmed by this, most certainly as I was when I first came across this beautiful sight. However, I would like to explain the history and legacy and current state of one of the finest botanical gardens in the world, the Ascog Hall Fernery.
It just happens to be located a few hour norths from my hometown in England. Once you cross into Scotland, you find some of the most fetching age-old scenery, mostly accompanying so over the larger estates that elites from the aristocratic period, something we might relate to by watching Downton Abbey these days. Some of these estates have had stationary gardeners for centuries and they afford the perfect ability for cultivating a diverse botanical garden.
The estate itself, as far as we know, dates back to the 1870s. The garden itself is tucked around a large gray stone castle. The botanical garden reaches well out into the property and takes full advantage of the surrounding area and various ecosystems and agricultural history. This victorian fernery consists of a massive, almost tropical greenhouse, walking paths, statues, and a number of individual gardens with their own theme and look.
Luckily enough, in 1997, the fernery opened to the public and anyone is now able to take tours through the spansive grounds. There is a wildflower meadow and water garden, making visitors almost feel as they are a part of history as they stroll through the grounds and listen to nature in its most pristine and organic form.
The Fernery itself required a great deal of renovations and upkeep. From around 1945 and up until the
80s, the whole estate was left to nature’s devices and thus was wildly overgrown and needed a good deal of curation to put it back into pleasurable, usable form. I highly recommend, if you are ever in the UK, that you take the time to head up north to Scotland and see this beautiful botanical garden.